Dangote Sugar gets SON food safety certification

Dangote Sugar Refinery says it has been certified by the Standards Organisation of Nigeria as a food safety compliant company.

According to a statement by the management of the refinery on Sunday, the NIS ISO 22000:2005 Food Safety Management System is a standard that guides core business, the refining of high quality sugar, using safe practices to manufacture finished products.

The Deputy Group Managing Director, Dangote Sugar Refinery, Mr. Abdullahi Sule, was quoted as saying the certification was the third in the series of the ISO certification on quality, process safety/security and food safety achieved by the refinery, thus making it the only sugar company in the country with three ISO certification.

Sule said, “The certification attests to the refinery’s relentless efforts at achieving its set goal to be one of the world’s leading integrated sugar producers, with high quality products and using best practices in the day-to-day running of its operations, in line with internationally accepted standards.

“The DSR is currently working towards the achievement of Food Safety System Certification 22000; a global food safety initiative recognised scheme.”

He stated that the refinery was also actively pursuing a backward integration master plan with a target of producing 1.5 million tonnes of sugar per annum, adding that the target would enable it to meet the National Sugar Master Plan.

The statement read in part, “The refinery plans an additional investment of N180bn for four factories in Sokoto and Kebbi states, and has 150,000 hectares of land allocated for the project in Kogi, Kwara, Jigawa, Sokoto, Taraba and Kebbi states.”

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